Super Sedan Association Media Release
Queensland champion Matt Pascoe put the disappointment of the previous weekend behind him to emerge triumphant in round nine of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 25). Having topped qualifying and then consolidating that position when he selected pole position in the Penrite Grid Draw, Pascoe faced plenty of pressure from Wayne Randall for much of the race before skipping clear in the latter stages to ultimately finish two seconds clear of Randall. Wayne Brims and series leader Mark Pagel replicated their results from the previous round in Lismore, finishing third and fourth respectively.
Only a small field fronted for the event, with just 13 of the 16 nominated drivers making an appearance, although only 12 cars would contest the heats with Nicholas O’Keefe sidelined after hot laps.
The opening heat saw Dempsie Pails fend off the advances of Pagel to grab a win, with Randall in third spot.
In heat two, Pascoe wasted little time in advancing to second spot but then had to bide his time behind Rodney Craft moving into the lead on lap six. Craft remained in second spot to the chequer, with Tony Brinkmann third.
Randall scored a close result over Pascoe in heat three, with Jack Childs keeping Pagel at bay to secure third.
Grabbing the lead from Pails on lap two, Brims romped home in heat four to win by more than seven seconds, with Brinkmann moving forward to secure third spot again.
Pagel led the opening moments of heat six before Randall moved ahead on lap two, only for Pascoe to sweep into the lead on lap five and take the race. Randall remained second, with a late run from Bob McCosker propelling him into third.
The top six point scorers from the heats took part in the Penrite Feature Race grid draw and it was top qualifier Pascoe who drew pole position for the 30-lap main event, presented by AFCO Shock Doctor and Queensland Speedway Spares. Pagel jumped from sixth to second, while both Brims and Brinkmann would gain one spot to share the second row, leaving Randal and Pails to start from row three after qualifying second and third respectively. Craft and McCosker were next in line, followed by Childs, Brian Trevithick and David O’Keefe. Newcomer Ed Doherty failed to take his place in the field after a promising debut outing, leaving 11 cars to face the starter.
With Pagel struggling to reproduce the pace that saw him dominate the opening weeks of the season, it was Pascoe who led the field away as Randall set about rounding up Brinkman, Brims and Pagel to advance into second spot after just five laps. Randall reeled in Pascoe and the pair engaged in spirited scrap that saw Randall move to the front on lap 13, only for Pascoe to reclaim the lead on lap 15. Maneuvering through lapped traffic, Pascoe was able to place the NQ Plasterboard Contracting Sweet anywhere on the track as circumstances dictated and he ultimately lapped all but the first four placegetters. Distancing himself from Randall in the latter stages, Pascoe finished more than two seconds clear. Having secured third spot on lap 5, Brims maintained that position to the chequer, with Pagel finishing fourth. McCosker, meanwhile, executed a series of outside passes to good effect in the early laps, rounding up both Craft and Brinkman to advance to fifth. David O’Keefe was next in line ahead of Trevithick, Craft and Brinkmann, who looked on target to also repeat his Lismore result until he inexplicably headed infield on lap 10, only to rejoin almost immediately to leave Pails and Childs as the only non-finishers.
The next round of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship is at Kingaroy Speedway on Saturday, March 18.
The 2016/2017 Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series is proudly supported by:
Ian Boettcher Race Parts
AFCO Shock Doctor
B&J Car Sales
Queensland Speedway Spares
Dominator Race Wear
M&N Car Carriers
Speedway Sedans Australia
Brisbane Truck Centre
Ford Wreckers Redcliffe
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Photo: Think Money Super Sedan Series round nine placegetters (l to r): Wayne Randall (2nd), Matt Pascoe (Winner), Wayne Brims (3rd)
Photo by: John Carrell